Five more officials involved in China landslide arrested

Chinese police arrest five more company officials who are involved in deadly Shenzhen landslide

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Rescuers look for survivors after a landslide hit an industrial park in Shenzhen in south China's Guangdong province on December 21, 2015


Chinese police have arrested five more officials of a company involved in a deadly landslide that buried 77 people last month, state news agency Xinhua said, taking the tally of arrests to 16.

The government has blamed breaches of construction safety rules for the disaster in the southern city of Shenzhen on December 20, when a dump overflowed and destroyed 33 buildings.

A State Council investigation said it was caused by work safety mismanagement, rather than geological causes.

Eleven people, including a legal representative and a deputy manager of Shenzhen Yixianglong Investment Development, which ran the dump, and officials responsible for supervising it, were arrested this month.

All 16 have been charged with negligence, Xinhua said on Friday, citing a Shenzhen prosecutor.

Calls to Shenzhen Yixianglong Investment Development were unanswered.

The disaster is the latest accident to raise questions about China's industrial safety standards and lack of oversight over years of breakneck economic growth.